Stacy Smith: Suppose I suspect this individual failed to disclose this information before baptism? If he is now living a good life, does any of this information need to come out?
_______________ To be baptized, a person who has violated the laws of the land must have completed the terms of imprisonment, parole, and/or probation resulting from his conviction. He must also be interviewed by the mission president (who in some cases may delegate this interview to certain other Church leaders (not missionaries) if needed. After serving time and the parole/probation is complete, if the interview with the mission president is successful, he may be baptized. If you believe this did not happen, you may want to mention it to your bishop. Some rare cases require that the mission president seek permission from the First Presidency for baptism, but as you have described it, this would not be one of them. I agree with most of what others have said in this thread. If this person has met the requirements of baptism, he is entitled to all of the blessings of the gospel, including temple blessings. He has obviously been baptized more than a year to have a current temple recommend. We forgive, as the Lord told us. That said, however, there is no reason to tempt a person beyond their ability to resist that temptation. This means that my involvement with a person who has been a predator would only be in the safest of circumstances, such as at Church meetings and activities and in other public locations. The Church does the same thing. A person who has been convicted of molesting children, for example, may go through the entire process of a disciplinary council, usually losing his membership, then being readmited by baptism and eventually having his blessings restored. He is forgiven and, based on his repentance and subsequent actions, is entitled to all of the blessings of activity in the Church. The Church will, however, see that he is never given a calling or position of responsibility involving the youth or the children in the ward. Larry Jackson [EMAIL PROTECTED] ________________________________________________________________ Sign Up for Juno Platinum Internet Access Today Only $9.95 per month! Visit www.juno.com ////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////// /// ZION LIST CHARTER: Please read it at /// /// http://www.zionsbest.com/charter.html /// ///////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////// ==^================================================================ This email was sent to: email@example.com EASY UNSUBSCRIBE click here: http://topica.com/u/?aaP9AU.bWix1n.YXJjaGl2 Or send an email to: [EMAIL PROTECTED] T O P I C A -- Register now to manage your mail! http://www.topica.com/partner/tag02/register ==^================================================================